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The Echo Nest Partners with Getty Images to Enhance Dynamic Music Data With Premium Artist Photos

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SOMERVILLE, Mass., Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Echo Nest, the industry's leading music intelligence company, has partnered with Getty Images to make high-quality photographs of recording artists available to customers using its Dynamic Music Data solution. Tens of thousands of high-resolution, curated Getty images will be available from The Echo Nest, helping music sites and apps build image-rich, real-time music experiences that delight fans and increase engagement.

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"Fans appreciate seeing images of the artists they love as they listen to, read about, and share music. However, the difficulty of licensing high-quality artist photographs has forced music sites and apps to rely primarily on album art as a graphical representation of artists," said Shane Tobin, Director of Strategic Partnerships at The Echo Nest. "We are pleased to partner with Getty Images to solve this problem by making it incredibly simple to serve up the best music data and the best artist images through a single solution."

MTV, Nuance, the BBC, Yahoo Music, and other music services and music content providers are using Dynamic Music Data from The Echo Nest to deliver real-time, socially-connected music experiences. Getty Images' Connect API allows customers to license Getty Images' content directly through The Echo Nest. The Echo Nest provides filtered API access to the best representative images for each artist from Getty Images' vast catalog, and appends those images with descriptive tags (e.g., group shots, landscape/portrait, runway, etc.) to help customers show the best images for each user experience.

"Getty Images powers all forms of digital content including audio, images and video, and we are excited to partner with The Echo Nest to enhance the music for end users around the world," said Craig Peters, ‎Senior Vice President of Business Development, Marketing and Content, Getty Images. "The combination of The Echo Nest's Dynamic Music Data solution with Getty Images' best in class library of content delivers a truly dynamic and immersive experience."

The Echo Nest's Dynamic Music Data solution makes it easy to build rich music experiences that display the latest artist bios, images, videos, news, blog posts and other dynamic content from around the web. Unlike basic music metadata providers, The Echo Nest combines real-time music content feeds with its unique descriptive artist data, including 700+ genres, artist "hotttnesss," artist familiarity, and other attributes that help to power unique, engaging user experiences.

About The Echo Nest:
The Echo Nest is the industry's leading music intelligence company, providing developers with the deepest understanding of music content and music listeners.

Leading music services (Clear Channel's iHeartradio, MOG, Rdio, SiriusXM, Spotify), editorial, video and social media networks (BBC.com, Foursquare, MTV, Twitter, VEVO, Yahoo!), connected device manufacturers (doubleTwist, Nokia) and big brands (Coca Cola, Intel, Microsoft, Reebok) access the largest repository of music data and intelligence through our open API to build smarter music experiences that help fans to better discover, share and interact with the music they love. The Echo Nest's customer base reaches over 100 million music fans every month and over 400 applications have been built on The Echo Nest platform.

Headquartered in Somerville, MA, The Echo Nest was co-founded by two MIT PhDs. Investors include Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Matrix Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and three co-founders of the MIT Media Lab.

About Getty Images
Getty Images is a leading creator and distributor of still imagery, video and multimedia products, as well as a recognized provider of other forms of premium digital content, including music. Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and imagery help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world's most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and Web sites. Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.co.uk to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life. Additional information on how Getty Images inspires and powers communications can be found on The Getty Images Blog at blog.gettyimages.com as well as on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gettyimages and Twitter at https://twitter.com/GettyImages.

SOURCE The Echo Nest



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